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A STIMULUS FOR A NATIONAL DEBATE ON THE NHS

OPTIONS FOR SCOTLAND A STIMULUS FOR A NATIONAL DEBATE ON THE NHS A DISCUSSION PAPER by Alex Neil, MSP for Airdrie and Shotts and former Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing   The three key measurements of success for the NHS are: how effective and efficient it is in preventing avoidable disease and ill-health; how [...]

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A New Paradigm

The Brexit vote created a paradigm shift in European economic, constitutional and political life. We are in a new place, caused by a profound change in the geopolitical model existing in Europe for past generations. What was, is no more, and what now is, becomes a new evolving economic, constitutional and political structure shaped by [...]

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Long Term Strategy for Independence

Fifty years ago, SNP strategists hoped to see left/right class politics in Scotland replaced by identity politics in which the issue of Scotland’s independence would become paramount. Two years after the Scottish Referendum, the dust has settled and in its aftermath, it is clear, there has been a radical transformation in political opinion. If the [...]

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SCOTLAND’S ROLE IN THE EUROPEAN REFERENDUM

SCOTLAND’S ROLE IN THE EUROPEAN REFERENDUM By Gordon Wilson Director of Options for Scotland and a former Leader of the Scottish National Party. 20th February 2016   Britexit for the UK? In, out and shake it all about for Scotland? Shortly after the uncertainties of thee independence referendum, the UK and Scottish electorates have to [...]

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What ‘LEVELISATION’ means for Scotland

What ‘LEVELISATION’ means for Scotland. by Nick Dekker In its determination to ensure that our electricity is delivered via a market driven arrangement, albeit regulated, Westminster has created a quite Byzantine generation policy operated under a very complicated regulation arrangement; and it has certainly not designed it with Scotland’s particular electricity generation strengths or need [...]

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WHY SCOTLAND IS FACING AN ELECTRICITY CRISIS!

Download PDF Version here:  Electricity Crisis 06/12/15 THE POSITION NOW With the security margin between generating capacity and peak demand down to a dangerous 2% in England & Wales forcing the National Grid by expensive emergency arrangements to an increased reserve margin of 5.1%, it is time to examine how Scotland will be placed. Given [...]

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Response to BBC Trust Nations’ Consultation

Dear Secretary In response to your publicised request for comment, the following is restricted to three salient points. 1. UK Coverage Despite the close run in the Scottish Independence Referendum, the response of the BBC is largely to assume the issue has been put to bed and may be ignored. This would be a mistake [...]

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FEDERALISE POLICE SCOTLAND IN A ROOT AND BRANCH REFORM

Rarely in the history of any police force, including London’s Metropolitan Police at its worst, has any force performed so badly as has Police Scotland. Scandal after scandal from excessive illegal stop and search to armed forces on the street, from excessive centralisation to plain disorganisation has exposed Police Scotland to justified parliamentary and press [...]

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What Future for Labour after the Collapse?

BIG DECISIONS NEEDED FOR SURVIVAL, SAYS JIM SILLARS Entering the debate about the future of the Labour Party in Scotland, Jim Sillars forcefully addresses the Labour dilemma. As former Labour MP for South Ayrshire, founder of the Scottish Labour Party (SLP) in the seventies and then SNP MP for Govan and deputy leader of the [...]

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Strategic Review 1: The Referendum Six Months On

STRATEGIC REVIEW 1: THE REFERENDUM SIX MONTHS ON Background On 18 September 2014, the Scottish people in an historic referendum decided by a margin of 55% to 45% not to become an independent country. Despite all the argumentation, the result was a decisive No. That should have been the end of the matter for a generation. [...]

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